By creation and redemption, we are created GOD in the Bible, as seen in the book of Deuteronomy 2: 24. Here God instructed Moses and the children of Israel on their way from Egypt to the promised land.
“Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle. In other words, we need to contend to possess our possession.
In the above passage, GOD said that He has given into their hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. However. He instructed that the only way they are to take possession of his land is to rise up and contend with him in battle.
The same is true of us today, there are many things God has packaged or has given to us that ordinarily, the enemy may not be willing to allow us to take possession of. In which case, the only option available to us is to arise and contend with the devil and his agents in battle if we are to take possession of our possessions.
If we fail to arise and contend, the enemy may never release our packages or blessings willingly to us. It is unfortunate that many will go through life this year 2016 beaten and battered by the enemy because they will not rise to contend with the enemy.
The reason may be because they are not ready and willing to pay the necessary price, they are not ready and willing to engage the enemy in battle. Some fail to realize that it is said “life is not fair; it does not deliver to us what we deserve but only what we demand”
In reality, no plane takes off without adequate preparation, or else the plane may crash. That is why it was said of Jotham in 2Chronicles 27:6 “So Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God”.
The level of our preparation this year may determine how the year will go. It is the result of the above that made many churches the world over engaged in prayer and fasting aimed at preparing their members to take charge of the year.
Some are doing 21 days of prayer and fasting, some are doing 7 days, while some are doing a 3 days of prayer and fasting. Are you part of this exercise? Are you sincere and faithful in participating in prayer and fasting to take charge of the year 2016 or are you doing it as a religious exercise?
It is unfortunate that some are doing it as a religious exercise; they are not personally committed, while some are living in sinful habits such as immorality while they think they are doing prayer and fasting. Remember, the essence of this preparation is to enable us to be in a position to contend with the enemy.
Why should you go through life this year to be beaten and battered while you can contend to free yourself as well as contend to possess your possessions? So it is advised that you join in paying the prize in preparing yourself in prayer and fasting to enable you to rise up to contend with the enemy.
And by the grace of GOD any enemy this year that will not allow us to take our possessions, such enemy will be slain as Moses slew Sihon, the Amorite, king of Heshbon. Until I come your way again, it is time to rise and contend with the enemy as to take possession of our possessions. Shalom